Her walls were painted gold,
while she kept the grasses
a melancholy blue.

Pale powders cover rosy skin,
eyelashes highlighted,
cleavage revealed,

lazing in her swing under
the weeping willow, capturing strays
with a fling of erotic thoughts.

Girls In the Swing

Girls In the Swing (Photo credit:


For the Sunday Whirl Wordle.


Filed under Poetry, Poetry - Prompts

14 responses to “Lair

  1. I love the idea of having blue grass (no pun intended, and yet, there it is).

    This is a very cool, surreal poem. It makes me think of wild movies like A Clockwork Orange and Moulin Rouge.

  2. I like “with a fling of erotic thoughts.” Well done, Mark.

  3. I love the way the image you’ve chosen and the image you’ve painted in words complement each other. Well done.

  4. Irene

    The title is wonderful, Mark.

  5. Along with your photo this made me think a bit about the circus more Cirque du Sole with the elaborate odd yet fitting costumes. ‘Pale powders cover rosy skin’ also reminds me of the over powered faces of older ladies who think that they cannot leave their homes with out their faces ‘made-up.’
    The praise ‘Let me put my face on…’ comes to mind.

    Thanks for your visit.

  6. Very thoughtful poem Mark.

  7. I was struck by “kept the grasses a melancholy blue”, which I think is a beautiful line, Mark. Well done.

  8. Gold walls and melancholy blue. I love this combo Mark. Your words drip with imagery!

  9. Sound like you written about a courtesan. excellent job

  10. Love the imagery and especially that closing line,


  11. Vivid imagery here, Mark. Love the photo, as well. It gave me a surreal feeling, like a carnival gone mad.

Some of what I write is true, some is fiction; most is merely possibility.

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